International Lyme And Associated Diseases Society
Leaders in Lyme Disease Education and Training

Program Schedule

Natasha Rudenko, PhD
Saturday, May 20th, 2017
3:35 PM - 4:05 PM: Scientific Conference
Genetic Diversity and Geographic Distributions of Borrelia Burgdorferi Sensu Lato Species: Vector-Host-Pathogen Interaction and Association with Clinical Manifestation
Dr. Rudenko is a research scientist with 34 years of active research in fields of molecular biology, microbiology and parasitology, with extended expertise in fields of ecology, epidemiology, distribution and monitoring of tick-borne diseases, particularly Lyme borreliosis, vector-host-pathogen interactions, search for novel antimicrobial peptides and for candidates for anti-parasitic vaccines. The main interest of research is genetic diversity of the causative agent of human Lyme disease, the spirochetes from Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato complex, in Europe and in the United States and their impact in global public health. Recently, the questions of spirochetes infectivity, pathogenicity, survival behaviors, and response to antibiotic treatment or capability to transform into persisting forms that lead to relapsing or chronic diseases became of major interest of research.